Our understanding of Deeksha would be quite incomplete without a comprehensive grasp of Kundalini Awakening, which is the power and the purpose behind all Deekshas.
The Vedic world-view is shaped by the principle of the universal hologram, where the tiniest sub-atomic particle holds the key to the secrets of the entire Cosmos. A hologram is a complex structure wherein every part is a complete and faithful reflection of the Whole. As a fragment of this universal hologram, every individual is a perfect microcosm, a flawless and adequate representation of the Cosmos.
The Yajur Veda, a primary sacred text of the Vedic civilization, declares:
“Yatha pinde tatha brahmande, yatha brahmande tatha pinde”
As in the individual, so in the Cosmos, as in the Cosmos, so in the individual.
And what, indeed, is that mighty force which governs the Cosmos?
Vedic philosophy gave this divine feminine force the name KUNDALINI. Kundalini literally means ‘the coiled one’, meaning, the infinite untapped potential of the universe.
When Kundalini manifests at the universal level, she is known as Para Kundalini, the supreme power of the Cosmos. When she plays in the individual, she is Kula Kundalini, the gracious mother, the life-force that nourishes his body, the energy that empowers his mind, and the conscious power that guides him to his ultimate spiritual fulfillment.
Kundalini has found an honored place in every philosophic tradition of India – whether Yoga, Vedanta or Tantra. For millennia, Yogis, Rishis and Siddhas – the enlightened spiritual scientists of India – have given their lives to enrich the science of awakening Kundalini.
To understand kundalini, we must first understand ourselves. Through the human body flow 72,000 subtle energy channels called ‘naadis’. Of these channels, the most prominent is the Sushumna, which runs from the tip of the spine to the crown of the head. Running alongside the Sushumna on either side and criss-crossing it at intervals are the Ida and Pingala naadis. Kundalini energy or Shakti is said to ‘sleep’ in each of us in the Muladhara chakra, the energy center at the base of the spine. The goal of all Kundalini yoga is to awaken and guide this energy safely up the Sushumna naadi to the Sahasrara, the energy center on the crown of the head, where Paramashiva, or pure Consciousness resides. The blissful union of Energy and Consciousness, Parashakti and Paramashiva is Enlightenment, the culmination of all spiritual effort.
Kundalini – our own ultimate potential
Kundalini is known by many names – the universal energy, the great cosmic mother, the creative force of the universe. But the simple truth is that Kundalini is the highest potential of every individual, the ultimate expression of creative genius, the great possibility of each individual’s inner awakening.
The sleeping kundalini is a metaphor for the un-awakened potential inside us. Without first awakening the Kundalini, it is impossible to awaken the Pratyekatma Chaitanya, the individual consciousness.
The awakening of the Kundalini opens us up to the greater Reality that exists beyond our limited individual selves. It empowers us to harness the Cosmic powers to live more complete, fulfilled and blissful lives. It marks the rite of passage for the human to evolve into the Divine.
In the Yogini Tantra it is said :
As soon as the Kundalini awakens, the person’s inner grandeur and glory can be clearly perceived.
In the yoga-vedanta tradition, a vast and precise science encompassing thousands of techniques exists to awaken and utilize this enormous latent potential. In Vedic India, this knowledge was accessible to all. As a consequence, today’s ‘mystical’ sciences, like levitation, teleportation and telepathy were common knowledge among the people, and enlightenment was the natural state of being.
Living in complete harmony with the flow of Life itself, these people found joyous expression as creators and leaders in the outer world and enlightened mystics in the inner world.
In the course of time, our increasing reliance on the faculties of logic and reasoning led to the suppression of these mystical faculties, and this sacred science retreated from homes and monasteries into the few secret recesses of the yoga-vedanta tradition in the Indian sub-continent, where it is preserved in its authentic form to this day.
Paths to Kundalini Awakening
In the Kaivalya Pada of his Yoga Sutras, Patanjali lists the different ways to attain the siddhis resulting from the awakening of Kundalini.
Janma aushadhi mantra tapah samādhijāh siddhayah (4.1)
The mystical powers can happen by birth, or through medicines (drugs/ herbs), mantras, spiritual discipline or through Samadhi.
For the seeker, Kundalini can be awakened in different ways: through intense yogic practices lasting a lifetime or longer; through rare and sometimes dangerous medicinal preparations; through the tireless repetition of certain mantras; or through Deeksha – the direct transmission of spiritual energy by an awakened being. Of these, Deeksha is the most effortless (and certainly the most beautiful) way to awakening.
One can better appreciate the incomparable gift of Deeksha from the Avatar, when one learns about the spiritual effort otherwise necessary to purify the nadis and experience siddhis.
The right time is Now
The Vedic calendar reveals that our planet is poised for the next big leap in Consciousness. With humanity becoming ripe for transformation, what the world needs today is the compassionate presence of Avatars and enlightened kundalini adepts to guide humanity into a safe and natural global Kundalini Awakening.
The human body and brain are already wired to experience a complete Kundalini Awakening – and yet, in our generation, how many have the superbly trained body and mind that can withstand the rigours of such a powerful explosion of Consciousness?
That is why the first instance of Kundalini Awakening is always, ALWAYS a pure gift from the spiritual Guru.
He Guru has a triple responsibility: first, to stir awake the enormous spiritual power of Kundalini by the resonance-pressure of His own powerful superconscious vibrations; second, to guide this energy safely through the subtle neural pathways of the spine towards the disciple’s crown center, and above all, to shield and protect his fragile body and mind, that might otherwise almost certainly be devastated by this sudden influx of Cosmic force.
The Shiva Samhita declares:
Supta guruprasadena yatha jagarti kundali
Tatha sarvani padmanibhidyante granthayo’pi cha (4.12)
When the sleeping Kundalini is awakened by the Guru’s grace, Then are all bondages pierced (broken)
Ascent of Kundalini
When Kundalini ascends the spine through the Sushumna nadi (the main channel of subtle energy), it results in a huge energy influx into the brain. As it flows from the thalamus to the cortex, Kundalini sets up a powerful energy loop, awakening the latent, unused, non-mechanical parts in the brain, mainly the limbic system and the neo-cortex.
The limbic system is that part of the brain which is associated with memories linked to emotions. It is also that part of the brain which corresponds largely to the Third Eye or Ajna chakra, which is the 6th or the final chakra in the body (the 7th chakra known as the Sahasrara chakra or Brahmarandra is not exactly a chakra, but a subtle opening allowing the union of the Kundalini energy with the Cosmic energy). The opening of the Ajna chakra allows for the unclutching of memories from its associated emotions, allowing for ‘Completion’ or making peace with life.
With increasing levels of coherence, the whole brain comes alive, turning into a super-conductor of conscious energies that heal, empower and transform the person’s life. Enhanced awareness levels, greater creativity and extraordinary abilities start to express, like levitation, teleportation and materialization. This influx of superconscious energy also visibly reverses aging, and improves immunity to disease.
Kundalini is not just a blind force like electricity. It is a conscious spiritual power of cosmic proportions that knows where to go and what to do. Once awakened, Kundalini rips through millions of years of our human conditioning, firing brand new neurons in our brain, opening up unknown strands of our DNA, flooding us with superhuman energy, retracing our mental blueprint, wiping out our most obstinate karmic patterns, and catapulting us to a whole new level of existence. By awakening the Consciousness of each individual, Kundalini opens the doors to a global revolution of Consciousness.
SPH Nithyananda Paramashivam says:
Time and space does not bind Kundalini energy.
Time and space serve Kundalini energy.
For those of us who are merely watching, the extraordinary effects of Kundalini Awakening can seem like nothing short of a miracle – or a hoax.
But SPH Nithyananda Paramashivam says:
There are no miracles.
All miracles are perfectly scientific happenings, based on natural laws that we do not yet understand.
To awaken your Kundalini energy, you don’t need to have faith in me. It is not a prerequisite for me to awaken your Kundalini energy. Maybe, for you to retain the extraordinary experiences and expression of Kundalini energy, you may need to trust some of my words and practice some techniques and teachings, that’s all. Otherwise, faith is not a prerequisite at any level. Actually, nothing is a prerequisite! It is all just a casual play – a leela, that’s it!